Category: Vegan

Food Yogi Certification Level 1 – Enrollment open

Food Yogi Certification Level 1 – Enrollment open

The Food Yoga Academy, the brainchild of International director of Food for Life, Paul Rodney Turner (aka Priyavrata das) has officially launched.

The Academy’s first course is Food Yogi Certification Level 1, where students can learn the fundamentals of the food yoga lifestyle and how to enrich their lives through conscious eating and devotion. Based on the teachings of his book, FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul, students will learn the art and science of eating with consciousness and compassion to provide a framework to elevate the act of eating from the dry and mundane to a soul-satisfying experience.

In this introduction to Food Yoga, Turner lays out the 10 fundamental truths.

Students will learn about the more subtle aspect of food and how to achieve optimum health by practicing the Food Yogi diet and lifestyle, which includes, what to eat, when to eat, water therapy, detoxing and the sacred geometry of wholefoods.

The courses will also include raw vegan food demonstrations, including smoothies, pates and crackers, cheesecakes, and soups, etc.

Students will be tested at the end of the course to earn their certification.

WHAT IS FOOD YOGA?

“This Level 1 course gives the fundamentals of the prasadarian lifestyle,” says Turner. “However, in Level 2 we will dive deep into all the details of preparing food with love in order to nourish the mind and spirit.

His book food yoga was a direct response to the inspiration behind Food for Life, Srila Prabhupada who said that “Everyone should get a chance to take prasadam*.”

“I realized that we had to empower people with the knowledge of prasadam but in order to do that I had to build a framework for understanding. The book, therefore, takes the reader on a journey of first discovering how food and thoughts are energy and I present scientific proof to back these statements,” he explains.

The Food Yoga Certification Level 1 is available now for $97, however, a special limited launch discount is being offered to the first 100 students with the coupon code: 50yoga2018

ENROL NOW

To learn more, visit www.FoodYogaAcademy.com

* Prasadam: Pure plant-based food that has been offered to God with devotion.

 

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The Living La Vida Vegan Summit is Live!

The Living La Vida Vegan Summit is Live!

Recently I was interviewed on the Living La Vida Vegan Summit and it was a great experience. I shared a lot of new information that I am sure you’ll love. Go check it out now

My friend, Stephanie Hutchinson, is on a serious mission to help people who are unhappy in their bodies LOVE the way they look and feel when eating an abundance of different foods and flavors.

She is directly fighting all the self-shame and self-loathing that women all over the world are facing by creating a FREE INTERVIEW series to help them you into your healthiest body yet – Living La Vida Vegan.

Click now to go check it out. I am one of 20 other healthy experts that were interviewed and the line up is rather awesome, including Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Will Tuttle, Osha Key, Torre Washington, Lorna McCormack, Rachel Black, and Mark Reinfeld to name just a few!

 

 

GO HERE NOW to get access!

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How to Make a Super Easy Vegan Cheesecake

How to Make a Super Easy Vegan Cheesecake

This is a very easy recipe, but the final product is amazing. 

Preparation time: 30 minutes.

Base

  • 330 grams plain vegan cookies
  • 1 cup of chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil

Method:

Process in a processor until the mix is lightly holding together. You want it to still be a little crumbly. Pat it firmly into a springform pan and set in fridge. 

Filling:

  • 2 medium-sized bananas
  • 1 cup of soaked raw cashews
  • 1 cup of coconut cream
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of cacao butter melted
  • 1 Tbsp of finely chopped turmeric root
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1/2 cup of agave syrup or maple syrup
  • 2 slices of fresh peach

Method:

Again, using the food processor, place all filling ingredients into a bowl and mix until it is smooth. Pour the filling into the base and set in the fridge.

Decorate with slices of peach and drizzle with some chocolate sauce.

Chocolate sauce:

Mix all together to make the sauce.

  • 2 Tbsp Cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of agave syrup

FUN FACT: Vegan dog food offers many health benefits as well and here are some easy recipes

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Food Yoga and Jiva Mukti Yoga Retreat in Colombia

Food Yoga and Jiva Mukti Yoga Retreat in Colombia

Go on the retreat of a lifetime. Practice Jivamukti TM Yoga with certified teacher and co-founder of the Buddha B TM Yoga Center Valerie Grange, learn about making compassionate food choices and Food Yoga from Paul Rodney Turner the Food Yogi, and meet all of the amazing animals on Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary in the majestic Andes Mountains of Columbia.

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Paul is a food yogi and Juliana is a healer
Paul is a food yogi and Juliana is a healer

Dates: Arrival/Check-In: Sunday, October 25th, 2015 Departure/Check-Out: Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Price: $995+tax/Person
This one week escape will include:
  • Transportation to and from the Bogota International airport to hotel in Chia.
  • All Accommodations (double occupancy) in Chia, including last night in Bogota before departure.
  • 3 Meals A Day + Snacks (during food workshops & demos).
  • Daily, 2-hour Jivamukti All-level (OPEN) Yoga classes with Valerie Grange.
  • Daily Food Workshops and Food Demos with tastings on ‘How to Become a Food Yogi’ with Paul Rodney Turner.
  • Meeting and Greeting sanctuary founder Juliana Castaneda and sanctuary director Ekala and all of the rescued animals on Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary including dogs, cats, rabbits, Gita the cow, Balaram the bull also known as “gentle giant”, Pola the “freedom-fighting pig” and Perla their new little piglet.
  • Option to Volunteer on the Sanctuary and help the animals.

FoodYoga-Academy200Spaces are limited to only 12 registrations, so Sign-up today!

NOT INCLUDED:
  • Flights Travel Insurance (flight/transportation/luggage/medical)
  • Passport Visas (if required)
  • Pre-Arrival/Departure transportation
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips/Gratuities

BOOK NOW




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Beyonce commits to a Vegan Diet – fan backlash or media hype

Beyonce commits to a Vegan Diet – fan backlash or media hype

Sexy_Beyonce_Bikini_HQ_Wallpapers_Pack_1-15.jpg_Picture_-_29Last night Good Morning America announced that Monday morning Beyoncé was going to make an announcement, and we were going to LOVE IT

Apparently, most fans assumed it would be news of a new album or tour; maybe a big donation to a charity or some other sizzling news like she is pregnant. But none of these things happened, rather she announced to the world that she had totally committed to the vegan diet and it was the reason for her great new figure, glowing skin and fresh new outlook on life. Beyonce is such a fan of the work of her dietician, Marco Borges and how the new diet has impacted her life, that she is partnering with him to start a vegan meal delivery service.

Beyonce explained that she is “not naturally the thinnest woman. I have curves. I am proud of my curves, and I have struggled since a young age with diets and finding something that actually works; actually keeping the weight off has been difficult for me.”

Borges new book, The 22 Day Revolution is based on what psychologists have believed for years, that “it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so if you adopted a healthy habit over the course of 21 days, on the 22nd day you’d be onto the new habit and that is the magic to sustainability,” he explained.

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Apparent Backlash

However, when the news broke some fans were shocked to hear that this was Beyonce’s big news and some complained. But how many really? If you believed the mainstream media you’d think that every fan was up in arms about the announcement but are they?

Considering how powerful are the meat and dairy industry, you’d expect they would not be too happy about one of the world’s most popular people promoting a dairy and meat-free diet. Consider this:

Tyson Foods is the world’s largest poultry and red meat provider. Tyson controls 27% of all meat and poultry sales in the U.S. One out of every four pounds of chicken, beef, and pork consumed in the U.S. is a Tyson product. Smithfield Foods is the world’s largest pork producer. Smithfield is the largest pig farming operation in the U.S. and a major producer abroad. Smithfield controls 26% of the U.S. pork market, raising 14 million pigs at its facilities and killing 27 million of the 60 million that went to slaughter in 2006.

Willmar Poultry Company is the largest turkey producer in the U.S. It produces over 45 million turkey poults (young birds) annually at its two hatcheries in Minnesota. The Willmar hatchery is the largest turkey hatchery in the industry and delivers over 600,000 poults weekly to customers. Cal-Maine Foods is the largest egg producer in the U.S. In fiscal 2009, Cal-Maine sold approximately 778 million dozen shell eggs, representing approximately 18% of domestic shell egg consumption.

Nestle is the world’s leading producer of dairy products. Dean Foods is the leading producer of fluid milk and dairy products in the United States and the second largest dairy company in the world.

Finally, McDonald’s is the largest purchaser of beef and the second largest purchaser of poultry in the U.S.

Each of these companies, either directly or indirectly, through their subsidiaries, spends hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising through the mainstream media. McDonald’s alone spent nearly 1 billion dollars in ads in 2013 or 2.7 million per day! Tyson Foods, on the other hand, spent $614 million dollars in 2014 and Nestle spent around $800 million in 2014.

You can imagine that any threat to this huge investment in advertising dollars is not going to be welcomed or celebrated by this meat and dairy food companies and since this money is a huge source of income for TV, Newspapers, Radio and Internet companies, they have a vested interest in protecting the brand value of their advertisers. In other words, news about Beyonce going vegan is not helpful so any kind of negative reaction to her dietary decision is going to be favored over any positive response.

I would even go so far as to suggest that some of the haters are fake accounts and those that are apparently upset are the minority, but the mainstream media doesn’t want you to think that. As usual, they want the public to focus on the negative and not the positive.

The Game is Changing

Social media has been a boon to niche markets like veganism. In a survey of U.S. adult consumers by Harris Interactive in March 2014, respondents were asked to rate the importance of the factor ‘vegan’ when buying foods and beverages. Some 7 percent of U.S. adults indicated to consider the attribute ‘vegan’ as a very important driver for their food and beverage purchase decisions. However, there is a significant generational difference. About 27 percent of Millennials in the U.S. considered the label vegan on a product as a very or somewhat important factor for their purchasing decision as opposed to 13% for baby boomers.

Considering Beyonce’s massive influence on Instagram (35.9 million), even beating out Kim Kardashian (35.7) it is no surprise that her move to a vegan diet is a threat to the old guard of meat and dairy.

 

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Food Yogi Interviewed on Sacred Space TV – Part 1

Food Yogi Interviewed on Sacred Space TV – Part 1

This is part 1 of 4 parts of an interview I gave in Australia at the Melbourne Hare Krishna temple. Forgive the background noises, especially the occasional plane and coughing and kirtan, I did not realize at the time and boy I wish I had. There is one thing I misspoke in part 4. Correction: Male calves from the dairy industry are fed a LOW-iron diet to make them anemic and their flesh light color. However, on the video, I said, “High-iron diet.” oops.

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How to Make a Fancy Raw Vegan Cheesecake

How to Make a Fancy Raw Vegan Cheesecake

We all like to try something different and for those of you that have never ventured into raw cuisine, this is a nice place to start. This recipe is easy to make, so easy that you only need a decent food processor and a spring form pan. In fact, you don’t even need that, a regular glass pie baking tray will work too. There are a number of variations on this recipe, but this is the most basic. Keep in mind that this recipe uses coconut oil to help it set, however, this will only work best in cooler climates. To make this cheesecake set and cut nicely in warmer climates, you can adjust this recipe to add either 1/3 cup of cacao butter or a thickening agent like carrageenan (Irish moss) which is available in raw form or a powder in larger health food stores. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Easy Raw Vegan Cheesecake

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh dates
  • ½ cup dried coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp cardamon powder
  • 2 cups cashews (soaked for 6 hours and drained)
  • 2 x whole lemons (remove skin and seeds)
  • ¾ cup agave syrup
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  •  ¼ cup of cacao butter (if in a warmer climate) or 2 tsp. carrageenan powder
  • 1 x banana
  • ½ tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1 punnet strawberries
  • 1 tsp size piece of raw beetroot
  • 2 tsp. coconut syrup or honey
  • Superfood Concentrate (Univera Xtra)

Method

Make everything with a food processor.

Base:

  • 2 cups of Walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh dates (or as many as needed to create biscuit crumb texture)
  • 1/2 grated coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. Cardamom powder (optional)

Process until it looks like biscuit crumbs. Press into 20 cm spring form pan .

Step 1: Process dry ingredients for base

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Step 2: Mix just enough to make breadcrumb texture

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Step 3: Press into a springform pan or pie baking tray

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Step 4: Press carefully so it is even all around. Set aside.

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Filling:

Add 2 cups of soaked cashews, 2 whole lemons (remove skin and seeds), agave syrup, coconut oil, cacao butter, beetroot, banana, and Vanilla essence into a blender.

Process or blend until smooth. Pour into the base. Set in fridge for 2 hours.

Step 5: Add all ingredients for “cheese” filling

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Step 6: Process until completely smooth. About 5 minutes. Set aside in fridge for at least 1 hour

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Topping:

  • Sliced strawberries, mango or passionfruit
  • Coconut or agave syrup
  • Coconut oil
  • Superfood concentrate like Univera Xtra

Drizzle a sweet syrup, like coconut syrup, agave nectar or honey over the top. Decorate the top with sliced strawberry or some other fruit.

Step 7: Process fresh strawberries with coconut oil and sweetener

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Step 8: Add some superfood concentrate like Univera Xtra for extra nutrition

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Step 9: Pour on cheesecakeRAWStrawberryCheesecakeFY-STEP8

Again set this aside in the fridge and serve when it has firmed up.

Enjoy the holidays!

– Paul, the food yogi

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